Thursday, July 13, 2006

The End of History

Gods and Body Parts

The end of history could occur in our lifetimes.

History --
the story of human civilization, archives for that,
language, keys to the meaning of symbols, layers of wisdom,
human beings curious enough to look, read, understand,
a thread of life that transcends the single breath --
this couldl end.


Endings are a mess --
demarcations trail to infinity and so on, nevertheless--

History could end in our lifetimes and those who say
"Live each day as if it were your last,"
have read time more deeply than they knew to know.

Evidence cascades --
climate change, rampant injustice, crumbling infrastructures,
nuclear weapons pointed akimbo, economic systems creating waste
and shortages to inflate corporate empires.

Gods and body parts meld to gristle, bone, blood,
and a wrong story.

Weapons of annihilation are controlled by self righteous thugs.

Israeli bombs blast the mutilated body of Gaza woman
into a neighbor's house.

7 train blasts in Mumbai tilt India and Pakistan

Israeli bombs hit ten miles from Beirut , destroy roads, bridges,
and the airport.

Syria orchestrates attacks on Israel to aid Gaza. Yemen
calls for an Arab summit.

North Korea sets up missile tests again. Japan considers
a pre-emptive strike, one wonders how.

Iran is itching to kick nuclear ass, Shia multitudes

The Taliban controls Somalia, most of Afghanistan
and too much of Pakistan.

The end of history.

Gods and body parts, reality and home exploding
in relentless, horrific blasts that reverberate until
there is no past, no one left to tell the story,
none to hear it.

The inconceivable stuns the imagination --

though weaving counterpoint to it, is something like
what Abraham Lincoln said in his First Inagural Address,
March 4th, 1861.

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people
who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing
government, they can exercise their constitutional right
of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember
or overthrow it."

And something Howard Zinn said about the answer
to the catastrophe this president has orchestrated
for the world being --


Your thoughts?

©Susan Bright

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just started playing in my head:

For What It's Worth
Buffalo Springfield

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

8:11 AM  
Blogger SB said...

I wasn't able to link to counterpunch, but there is a good analysis from Ramzi Kysia, "Scenes from the Lebonese Front" saying that peace is the normal healthy state of community and that without community (in this case negotaition and mutual respect) there can be no peace. That plus a good sense of what is actually going on in Lebanon.


8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a civilization collapses in the universe and no one hears--too incomprehensible a catastrophe for my beleagured brain this morning.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Susan. Really appreciate the blog & information/potential for energizing "The Resistance".

4:28 PM  

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